Lucky 13 For No. 6 Mustangs In Shutout of Messiah

Lucky 13 For No. 6 Mustangs In Shutout of Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. - The sixth-ranked Stevenson University men's volleyball team won their 13th match in a row using a balanced attack to down Middle Atlantic Conference rival Messiah College by a 3-0 scoreline in front of a large crowd at Jordan Court on Wednesday night.  Set scores were 25-16, 25-16, and 25-17.

  • Stevenson (25-3, 10-1 MAC) grabbed the early 4-2 edge on kills from sophomores Nate Reynolds and Logan Smiley.
  • Messiah (16-8, 7-3 MAC) answered back with a 7-3 spurt led by scores for Ian Parzyzsek and an assisted block between Noah Shreiner and Will Webb along with five visiting attack errors to go in-front 9-7.
  • A kill for Reynolds and a combination off the arms of senior Landon Shorts and Reynolds helped the Mustangs draw level 11-11.
  • Another joint block this time by senior Jason Gardner and Reynolds gave the away side a lead that they would never relinquish with kills for junior Kyle BoskoGardner, Smiley, and Shorts helped the guests outscore the Falcons 14-5 the rest of the way to take the set 25-16.
  • Stevenson hit .321 to Messiah .000.

  • This time it was the hosts who got out to the quick lead with kills for Matt Knab and a combination block put away by Marshall Nixon and Knab made it 5-2.
  • Messiah maintained the lead out to 9-6 thanks to a three-man block, but a Parzyzsek service error and kills from Gardner and Reynolds knotted the score 9-9.
  • Then with things tied 12-12, the Mustangs seized momentum using a 5-0 run on kills sent home by graduate student Christian Taylor, Reynolds and a pair of aces off the hand of senior Billy Russo gave the guests a 17-12 advantage.
  • A kill for Shreiner put an end to the push, however, Shorts and Gardner came up with kills to move Stevenson up 21-13.
  • The Falcons to within 22-15 on a score for Parzyzsek, but an error for Knab along with an ace by sophomore Aleks Melbardis capped the frame 25-15.

  • The two sides shared the opening ten points of the set to be deadlocked 5-5.
  • With the score still tied 7-7, back-to-back Russo aces nudged the guests ahead 9-7.
  • Kills by Shreiner and Knab kept the home side in it at 10-9, but a kills for Shorts and a three-player block earned two straight for the guests to make it 12-9.
  • A Knab kill closed the gap to 13-11, before kills by Bosko, Smiley, and freshman Mason Scott along with a Knab attack error wrapped up a 5-0 Mustangs gallop to stretch the edge to 18-11.
  • Consecutive Gardner mishits pulled Messiah to 18-13, but the Falcons could never get closer than six with kills for Reynolds, Gardner, Bosko, and an ace for Melbardis finished the match 25-17.
  • The Mustangs racked up a .478 attack percentage in the set to the Falcons .200.

  • Since joining the MAC including the postseason the Mustangs are 23-1.
  • For the match, Stevenson hit .342 while holding Messiah to .077.
  • The Mustangs dominated the service line posting a 7-0 edge in aces.
  • Bosko totaled a match-high ten kills to go along with a pair of digs.
  • Reynolds was strong as well with nine kills and game-high six blocks.
  • Shorts, Smiley and Gardner combined for 18 kills, 15 digs, seven blocks, and two aces.
  • Taylor dished out 31 assists for his 16th match with 30-plus.
  • Knab paced the Falcons with nine kills, while Brad Nase handed out 20 helpers.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, March 30 when they travel to Chester, Pennsylvania for a tri-match host by Middle Atlantic Conference foe Widener University.  In their first match of the day they will battle the host Pride at 12pm, before facing York College (N.Y.) at 2pm.